So I've avoided making New Year resolutions for the past few years. I mean, don't they always just lead to feelings of guilt and self loathing come about April?
This year however, there are a few things I need to do to get my house in order. I'm working on a book which will (hopefully) come out around April - she says, as vaguely as she can. Not only do I have to get myself organised on a work level, but the domestic front needs a bit of a tune-up too. When you work from home, there's a lot of overlap and when one's a shambles, the other tends to suffer too.
So, without further ado, I announce my 2013 resolutions:
- do something with my e-mails as they come in. Put them into the relevant folder - and pay attention when I do so that they don't end up in the adjacent folder, never to be found again.
- delete anything that doesn't interest me or has somehow managed to sneak through the crap filter
- check my junk folder every so often for missing or important e-mails
- for every writing project or writing web site that I'm involved with, have a separate large notebook. Do not use this notebook for shopping lists, phone call notes, or anything other than the subject written on the front.
- when hit with a brilliant idea, do not tear off a piece of paper or grab the nearest envelope. Find the designated notebook (see above) and write it in there. Also, write on the lines; do not write diagonally or in the margin.
- keep these notebooks in one spot. I do not want to find one next to the breadbin, another on top of the TV and a third in the bathroom.
- schedule time for everything; that includes housework, working out, and tweeting. This might sound a bit Type A but it will a) stop all the faffing around on social media, b) make sure everything gets done, and c) make me feel as if everything got done.
I think that's enough for someone who doesn't really "do" resolutions.
Oh - and Happy New Year to everyone. Here's to -